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Gone are the days when only real estate agents had insider information about all the properties on sale. Today, you can find all the houses listed with just a simple Google search. However, despite the growth of internet searches on everything else, the real estate sector is still a long way off. Many people don’t trust the internet to find something so expensive and emotionally-attached and that is why real estate agents are still secure in their jobs.
Here is a step by step guide to finding a house online:
It can be very unfortunate to find your dream house and put in an offer only to realize you can’t afford it. An online affordability calculator and credit score report can help you know how much disposable income you have. Visit your banker for prequalification because they are the ones who will finance the mortgage.
Now that you have a budget in mind, go to a good search portal like Google and type homes in preferred neighborhood under your budget. You should get a long list of all the homes listed in that area including their contact information, pictures or videos of the home and even specific details. Look at a number of houses and their features and come up with a list of those you like.
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Doing a Google search can be very broad and it’s a scary thing not to know what you are doing. Luckily, there are websites out there that have trusted information about home listings and their information is updated often. Such websites include Realtor.com, Homefinder.com, Trulia.com, Homes.com, Realestate.com and others.
The next step is to call the sellers of those homes that you have chosen so you can set up appointments for house viewing. Be sure to ask any question or clarify information such as the number of rooms, amenities and other things. The seller will give you details of when and where to go for viewing and answer any question.
Unfortunately, buying a house is not as easy as buying a phone where you search, find, pay and it’s delivered. The real estate industry is a bit complicated what with fraudsters and contracts. Even after finding your perfect home online, it’s very important to still hire a professional realtor to close the deal for you. Real estate agents are important because they can negotiate a better deal for you, handle all the paper work and legalities and find you a good house because they know the location better.
Searching for your next home online may have made things a bit easier for people who like to do the work themselves but the industry still has a long way to go before online real estate agents can be trusted. However, it’s making real progress and maybe within a few years, people can buy and sell houses online without hiring realtors.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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